For some patients with bone injuries, bone stimulation can assist the healing process.
Oftentimes, patients will have health factors that hinder the body’s natural healing process and this is where bone stimulation can be very effective. Cases where bone stimulation is used include fractures and post-surgery for fracture and spinal fusion surgeries.
WHAT IS BONE STIMULATION?
When a bone is injured, it generates an electrical field. This low-level electrical field is part of the body’s natural healing process to stimulate bone regeneration. Bone stimulation devices create a low-level pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF). The PEMF helps activate the body’s natural healing process. This is especially useful in cases where the body’s own healing mechanism fails to occur properly.
EXOGEN® BONE STIMULATION THERAPY
Sanus DME offers bone stimulation therapy in the form of EXOGEN®, which is a device that can be used by patients in their homes. EXOGEN® is painless and easy-to-use . It is a lightweight portable device that is used for just 20 minutes a day.
How it works:
Sends ultrasound waves through the skin and soft tissue to reach the injured bone.
Ultrasound waves activate certain cell receptors, setting off a series of reactions, known as a cascade.
Ultrasound increases upregulation of the processes critical to bone repair.
HIGH TOUCH AT-HOME DELIVERY
A Sanus DME representative will typically deliver the EXOGEN® bone stimulation device directly to a patient’s home and show them how to use it. If a patient has any questions or challenges using the device, they will have access to their Sanus DME rep by phone or email as well as 24/7 support through the patient portal.
Physicians know that different bones heal at different rates when they fracture. Variables that affect how a bone heals include not only the bone involved but also the geometry of the fracture pattern, the vascularity of the bone, the energy of the injury and many other patient-specific factors. The appropriate external bone stimulator unit can help mitigate many of the risk factors that could lead to a bone not healing in a manner that allows full return to pain-free function.
—Seth Clark, DPM